This comprehensive book provides a wealth of exercises and assignments for teaching students reporting skills, combining successful, tried and tested techniques with an awareness of new realities and technologies in broadcast and print. The authors take the student through a writing process initiated by ideas rather than concepts of correct writing, covering: writing in different media, including the Internet; news beats; sensitivity and the diverse national community; law and ethics; and new research skills, including databases and computer-assisted reporting.
Jerry Lanson, a writing coach and columnist, has taught journalism at seven colleges and universities. In January 1998, he joined the faculty of Emerson College as chair of its Department of Journalism and Public Information. He has also taught on the journalism faculties of Syracuse University, San Francisco State University, New York University, and Boston University. Lanson is a former reporter for The (Bergen County, NJ) Record and a former deputy city editor and bureau chief of the San Jose (California) Mercury News. This is his second textbook. His honors include a National Teaching Award from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Barbara Croll Fought, an Associate Professor in the broadcast journalism department of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, and a lawyer, has specialized in the areas of Internet research and public access to government documents. She teaches communications law as well as broadcast journalism classes. She is a former news researcher and special projects producer for WDIV-TV, Detroit, where she earned nine Emmy Awards. In 1995, students at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications chose her as Professor of the Year.